Category: Blog

StepShot review

Last week, I tried sharing my most recent post as a quick how-to example for someone who was trying to accomplish this same effect in Photoshop Elements, and my tutorial was found somewhat lacking.  I’ve been meaning to take a crack at improving the article, and I believe I’ve now got another great excuse to […]

Tripod shopping 101

Tripod shopping 101

For some people, money is no object when buying photography equipment.  If you’re one of those people, you can stop reading now — this column isn’t for you. If you’re still here, you’ve probably had to make some decisions as you’ve spent your hard-earned money on photography.  You’ve probably researched camera systems and lenses.  After […]

Shoot a Silhouette

Silhouette photos can be a great way to handle tough lighting situations.  Whenever you’re shooting into a light source, it’s tough to expose a subject properly without blowing out the background.  You can try an HDR photo or some fill light, or you can just stop fighting the lighting and shoot your subject in silhlouette. […]

Just buy it.

Just buy it.

It’s not uncommon to see someone who’s looking for a cheap (or free) alternative to Adobe Lightroom, and I saw another one of these threads this morning.  I’m normally all about trying out cheaper alternatives, but not in this case. I started years ago with Paint.net (free) and some old image editor I can’t remember […]

Double Wasp

Double Wasp

From its huge prop to its signature gullwing stance, the story of the F4U Corsair is the story of a plane designed around an engine.  When originally designed in 1938, the Vought engineers were convinced that Pratt & Whitney’s brand-new R-2800 Double Wasp engine (rated at 2,000 HP) was the key to getting the sort of […]

Catch some Lightning

Catch some Lightning

I was lucky enough to catch some great summer storms rolling through central Ohio last week, and I snagged a couple fairly decent lightning photos.  Although it’s not as difficult as you might imagine to get photos like this, there’s definitely a knack to it, and I’ve gone through a lot of really bad photos before getting […]

Cleared to taxi

No matter how many times I hear a WW-II warbird start and throttle up, it never fails to send a shiver up my spine, and P-51’s are right up at the top of the list.  When I got to the warbirds area, there were a handful of Mustangs getting set for a quick jump, and […]

The problem with Stackexchange

Allow me to introduce you to a photo site that most people have never heard of:  photo.stackexchange.com. How do I know people haven’t  heard of it?  Just a hunch, of course, but despite some really excellent content, they’re not exactly “going viral” yet.  I’ve been a member for a little better than a year now, […]